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Buffon To Force Minimum 'Eight Serie A Matches' Into Juventus Deal In Hopes Of Breaking Maldini’s Record

Buffon To Force Minimum 'Eight Serie A Matches' Into Juventus Deal In Hopes Of Breaking Maldini’s Record

Gianluigi Buffon will reportedly demand a clause in his Juventus contract as he attempts to smash one of Paolo Maldini's records.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Italian legend is closing in on a sensational return to Turin and his eyes are set on surpassing Maldini at the top of the all-time appearance list.

And Buffon, 41, currently sits on 640 appearances in Serie A and is seven appearances away from equalling the AC Milan legend's record.

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The former Juventus shot-stopper wants the Italian champions to agree to a contract clause that would guarantee him a minimum of eight matches in the league.

Buffon left the Old Lady last summer and was succeeded by Wojciech Szczęsny between the sticks.

The World Cup winner will be axed at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and is on the hunt for a new club.

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But Buffon has already attracted interest from Porto, who would want him to potentially replace Iker Casillas.

Leeds United have also shown interest in him, but the return to Italy could be too hard to down for Buffon.

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Even if Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri turned down his contract clause, he has been linked with a move to Serie A outfits Atalanta and Parma.

Buffon might have been shown the door at PSG, but the Italian superstar played his part in Thomas Tuchel's side as they captured the Ligue 1 title.

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And he has no regrets of playing for the French champions and was happy with what he achieved.

"I am extremely happy because it is never easy to win, especially at 41 years [old]," he told the club's website.

"It's hard to stay on top, but I think I played a great season.

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"I made a mistake against Manchester [United], but overall I'm satisfied.

"We must not forget that before the challenge of return we had made an incredible journey, full of conviction and hope."

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Topics: Football News, Paolo Maldini, Football, Serie A, AC Milan, Gianluigi Buffon, old lady, Juventus

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